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eNews 4-4-19

posted Apr 5, 2019, 2:45 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Ridgeline Movie Night - Ridgeline families are invited to a pajama movie night in the gymnasium. Wear your comfy jammies and bring your favorite stuffie to a screening of My Neighbor Totoro. Popcorn and candy will be for sale with proceeds benefiting Ridgeline Montessori. • Friday, April 12 • 6 pm to 8:30 pm • In the Gymnasium.

Staff Appreciation Week Volunteers - We are looking for volunteers to help the RCO this month in preparation for Staff Appreciation Week May 6-10. We need help with ideas, picking up supplies, making gifts, etc. Join us at the RCO meeting on April 8th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the library or email RCO.  

Please use Sidewalks - There is a gate between Emerald Valley and Ridgeline along the south playground. For security reasons, this gate has been zipped tied closed and this is no longer a way to exit the school. We ask that students do not jump or climb the fence or use Emerald Valley’s property as a playground. At arrival and dismissal, please have your student use the sidewalks and not cross across the grass fields.

Next-Level Classroom Open House - This year, we will be offering an open house on April 25th from 6-7 p.m. for families of current kindergarten and third grade children.  A lower elementary and upper elementary teacher and an assistant will be on hand to discuss next-level classroom culture and academic expectations to help you understand what to expect during this big transition in your young learner’s life.  We will also be inviting parents who have successfully navigated this transition with their child before you! The open house will be in lieu of classroom observations.

Hiring Committee - Hiring Update. As you know, Ridgeline is in the process of hiring two teachers and a principal for next year. The hiring committee for the teacher positions is in place, and that process is already underway. That hiring team will be considering both upper elementary and lower elementary candidates, because applicants frequently come with some flexibility based on their backgrounds. Teacher hiring committees are generally made up of administrators, a teacher, an assistant, and a board member. This particular teacher hiring committee also includes a parent representative from Room 8 out of respect for the challenges that classroom community has faced recently. All of the parents in that classroom were invited to be considered for that position, and a parent was chosen based on experience and availability. Generally, parents (beyond those who are staff or board members) are not involved in hiring teachers, and we don’t anticipate that becoming a regular practice.

We’re just beginning the advertising phase of the principal job search, so that hiring committee won’t begin working until May. We will be forming it in the coming weeks, and we will keep you informed as we do. Regardless of the structure and makeup of the hiring committee, the hiring process for principal does involve opportunities for community interaction with all of the finalists for the position.

As with all personnel matters, the interview and hiring process is one that is handled confidentially. Committee members will not be at liberty to discuss candidates or their interviews. If you have questions about the process, please contact board president Amy Sage at

Panoramic photo - Order forms for the all school Panoramic Photo will be sent home in Friday folders this week. The photo is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th at 11a.m. weather pending. Orders for the panoramic photo

Volunteer Appreciation - National Volunteer Appreciation week is April 15-19th. We so appreciate our amazing volunteers! Ridgeline would not be the amazing community it is without your help. We hope that you will join us for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea, Thursday, April 18 8:30-9:15 a.m. in the library.

Supply Fee 2019-20 – We are now taking supply fee payments for the 2019-20 school year. The fee is $75 per student. Please make checks out to Ridgeline Montessori and drop them off in the office or pay online by clicking HERE  Financial assistance forms are also available in the lobby or online. Supply fees are due April 27.

Grandparents Day Volunteers - Friday, April 26 is our final kindergarten Grandparents Day event of the year. Volunteers are need to help greet our visitors and set up. Sign up here to volunteer.

More Firewood For Sale to Benefit Ridgeline - Cheri’s husband, Cliff Worley, is once again offering cords of wood for sale with the proceeds going to Ridgeline. He has a couple of loads of green oak split 16” or cut to fit and delivered for $160. If you are interested, call Cliff at 541-912-8937.


Budget Committee Members – Do you want to learn more about Ridgeline’s finances and participate in the budget process?  There will be 3-4 meetings in late April and the month of May. Email if you are interested in joining the committee!

State Testing -  Options for Parents – Parent information about this spring's 2018-19 state testing, including the opt-out form, are attached to this edition of the eNews and are available at the main office. The first classes will begin testing April 15 and will have approximately a two week window to test. While most children take the test, parents do have the choice to opt their child out of testing by completing the opt-out forms and submitting them to the main office. Please note that if you wish to opt your 5th or 8th grader out of OAKS science testing as well as math and ELA testing, you must fill out both forms. Please also be aware that 11th graders are currently required to demonstrate proficiency on state tests or on alternative, more difficult standardized assessments, like the SAT in order to graduate from high school.  This is good, no-pressure practice. If you have any questions, please contact Principal Sharon Dursi Martin at

Report your volunteer hours with Track It Forward:

Planned Absence Request Form


Board of Director Meeting Minutes



KIDSPORTS - For the last 60 years, KIDSPORTS has been dedicated to providing healthy, community based team sports experiences for kids across Lane County. As a continuation of our mission to help All Kids Play, KIDSPORTS is heading into our late spring, early summer Baseball/Softball seasons! Registration is open now and available at our website and in office at 2190 Polk St. If your child would like to take a swing at our summer season, act fast! Our in office deadline for 5th – 8th grade is April 19th, while our Kinder- 4th grade deadline is April 26th. If you have any questions about our upcoming season or what scholarship options might be available to you, please call the KIDSPORTS office at (541) 683-2374.


Six Conversations About Race, Culture & Equity: For Parents, Educators, and Community Members

Over the course of this six-week series, you will build the necessary skills to work successfully with both the challenges and opportunities presented by the increasing racial and cultural diversity and multicultural dynamics of our communities, schools, organizations and agencies.

These sessions will be led by Johnny Lake, PhD, Educator and Advocate for Children. As a participant, you will be a member of a learning community in which you can build knowledge and skills, as well as collaboration around taking action for institutional and community equity.

We strongly encourage you to register with other members of your organization, school system, or parent community in order to strengthen your shared understanding and goals of your work. We find that personal invitations to participate are the most effective!

Topics will include:

  • Defining Identity, Race, Culture, Ethnicity and Other Term

  • How Identity Works- Socio-Political and Socio-Historical Contexts

  • Understanding Stereotypes, Prejudice, Discrimination and Racism

  • Learning About Advocacy

  • Building Community Beyond Race and Identity Issues

Tuesday evenings 5:30-8:30pm. April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14.

Dinner is included in the sliding scale cost of $60-180 ($10-30 per session).

Scholarships available, please email to inquire.

Register for the series by April 1st at https//

Sessions will be held at the Wesley Foundation Center, 2520 Harris St, Eugene, OR 97405.

Teachers: Professional Development Units available.

"When we commit to a course of multicultural development, we commit to equity and justice, and we also commit to learn, grow and change."  – Dr. Johnny Lake


This educational series is organized by Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity, a program of Community Alliance of Lane County. Contact for more info.